Rob's Buckeye Notebook
By Rob Ogden
Remeber the Alamo...and Ross-Ade
Urban Meyer doesn't remember the Buckeyes' last trip to West Lafayette - one that ended with a 23-20 loss - but senior captain Jack Mewhort does.
Photo by Jim Davidson
With that memory still fresh in his mind, Mewhort addressed the team Wednesday to make sure they don't suffer a similar fate this time around
“You see it happen all the time, and its our job to prevent it,” Meyer said, referring to top teams being upset.
“Talking is not how you do it. Addressing it and make sure a senior gets up there and addresses it, because we do play a lot of younger players who have never been there. You have to prevent it on Tuesday and Wednesday, not on Saturday. It's too late."
Ohio State has dropped its past two trips to Purdue, and three of its past four.
Mewhort's message wasn't lost on junior cornerback Bradley Roby, who hasn't forgotten some their past struggles with the Boilermakers.
"You can't overlook an opponent because we have more to lose than they do," Roby said. "At the end of the day, they're all scholarship players, so if you don't play to your potential, you can get beat any day."
After Mewhort's talk, Meyer said he doesn't believe looking past the opponent will be a problem. The theme of this week, he told his team, is "anytime, anywhere."\
I don't see our guys overlooking this team," he said. "These guys played two years ago and lost. Last year they got hit right in the face. I don't feel like there's an issue with that."
Meyer hasn't forgotten the feeling of losing
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With the win over Penn State on Saturday, the Buckeyes pushed their nation-long winning streak to 20 games. It's the longest streak by any Ohio State team since 1969.
The sting of a seven-loss season in 2011 has long since faded.
Ohio State's last loss came January 2, 2012 - a 24-17 defeat at the hands of the Florida Gators.
Meyer hasn't tasted defeat since Nov. 27, 2010, when his Gators dropped their regular-season finale against Florida State.
Nearly three years removed from that last loss, Meyer still remembers the feeling.
"Do I still have it? Yeah, I mean I just want to avoid it at all costs," he said.
"That 'L' word is not a good word for anyone."
Sophomore defensive lineman Noah Spence has never experienced that pain at the college level. Neither has about 40 percent of the team.
"Our whole class hasn't," Spence said. "It feels great. It's a blessing to be able to play on this type of team."
Photo by Jim Davidson
Meyer said quarterback Braxton Miller, who was hit in his injured right knee during the Buckeyes' win over Penn State, rested on Sunday but practiced at full-speed Wednesday.
"He's good," he said.
Receiver Evan Spencer, also dealing with a knee injury, has been limited in practice, but should be ready to go by Saturday, Meyer said.
Senior safety Christian Bryant, out for the season with a broken ankle, isn't yet able to travel with the team, Meyer said.
"I asked," he said. "He's probably not going to be able to go in the plane. It's too soon after surgery. I wish he could."
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